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9128: News from outside Port-au-Prince (fwd)
News from outside Port-au-Prince: circa 25 September 2001
In Cap-Haïtien, a police search operation has paid off with the arrest of
several armed gangsters. City police commissioner, Godson Orélus, said that
for several weeks men had been coming to Cap-Haïtien to escape detection and
arrest in Port-au-Prince, and while there they had carried out criminal acts.
Meanwhile, the city's police, working in cooperation with US drug enforcement
agency officers, have also arrested some local businessmen suspected of
Peasant farmers in the area around Port-de-Paix in the north west have called
for agrarian reform. The peasants have formed the Planters Association of
Saint Louis du Nord to defend their interests.
Women's organisations in Mirebalais organised a day of reflection to help
women understand their social rights and responsibilities. The workshop also
dealt with the problem of violence against women.
The Planters and Distillers Association of Léogâne has criticised the
mismanagement of the Jean L. Dominique sugar refinery at Darbonne, and has
denounced the theft and corruption that prevail there.
Youth groups in the communes of Ganthier and Fonds-Verettes have denounced
the excessive deforestation of the Forêt des Pins. The groups' leaders have
expressed their concerns regarding the dangers that this will create, and
called for the adoption of urgent measures to stop it.
Pasteur Lebonheur Dorcénat of Belle-Fontaine in the western department has
denounced the subhuman living conditions and lack of basic necessities in the
area. He said that dozens of children are dying of malnutrition, and called
on the authorities to come to their aid.
On La Gonâve, the leaders of the Mouvement de Résistance pour le
Développement de la Gonâve have asked the Ministry of Education to send
school materials for the island's children. The movement's spokesperson said
that peasants are unable to buy the things that their children need to study.
(various sources: translated from French by Charles Arthur for the Haiti
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